Calacanis to Commit Social Media Suicide Live on the Internet

May 20, 2010

1:40 pm

The always outspoken Jason Calacanis sent out an email late last night to his list serve JasonNation stating his plans to delete his Facebook page this Friday at 1:00pm PT. What’s more, he’s planning to broadcast it live on the Web.

Calacanis says:

“Simply put, I no longer trust Facebook or Mark Zuckerberg with my information.”

“We trusted Zuckerberg with our personal information and he has abused
that trust over and over again. He won’t even come forward and discuss
the issue with anyone in the industry–including his own users!”

Calacanis will be joining a growing list of other Web personalities who have also deleted there Facebook pages, such as Leo Laporte and Peter Rojas.  He also encouraged others to delete their profiles and posted videos on YouTube of them doing it.

“If you’re going to join me (and folks like Leo Laporte and Peter
Rojas) in leaving Facebook, please consider recording yourself doing
so. Post that video to YouTube”

Facebook may not be concerned because of the explosive growth they have been experiencing for some time now. However, as more and more high profile Web personalities begin to leave it will be interesting to see how Facebook reacts. Will Zuckerberg break his silence?

Update: Zuckerberg has indeed broken his silence.

Photo Attribution: Lady Mixy UK

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Mark Bebawy (@markbebawy) is a Washington, D.C. metro native with a passion for all things web, social media, and startup related. Mark has an extensive background in technology, having worked in the field running his own IT consulting company that catered to small business.

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